15 Jan Light in the Midst of Darkness
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
When Martin Luther King Jr. was alive, the country was in turmoil, in the midst of a war for the basic civil rights of African Americans. Dr. King marched and fought against the hate of his day and stood up to the status quo of racial injustices. He dreamed that his children would “ one day live in a nation where they would not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
Although things have improved over time, we still find ourselves almost 50 years after his death, still dreaming for a day when our children will be judged by the content of their character and not by the color of their skin. We dream of a day when we won’t have to worry about sending our children off to college with the fear that they may be subjected to random nooses and tiki torch parades. We dream of a day when they can walk or drive down the street without fear of being arrested or killed for a minor infraction or for nothing at all. We dream of a day when the continent of their ancestry will not be viewed as a collection of countries whose citizens are somehow deemed unworthy of entry into this country we call home.
Dr. King eloquently taught us how to love in the midst of hate. He sacrificed his life to be a light in a world of darkness. As we celebrate his life, let us also follow his example. Let us be the light that shines bright in the midst of darkness. We shall overcome.